International Towers is proud to exhibit mali dharngurr, a Yolngu Mata interpretation meaning ‘looking of voice’, an exhibition of photographic stories focusing on the empowerment of Indigenous women. The work showcases the real-life achievements, experiences and challenges faced by Indigenous women, from rural, remote and urban communities throughout Australia.
The visual narrative will be on display during July in International Towers, Tower Three before expanding across to include International Towers, Tower Two during August. The exhibition will run until 18 August 2018 and is free for the public to attend during business hours, from 8.30am-4.30pm.
Jodie Taylor of International Towers said: “We have transformed our foyer areas at International Towers into a performance and gallery space, celebrating the arts, and offering community cross-pollination and continuous learning opportunities for tenants and visitors.”
For Prof Quilliam, the exhibition is the culmination of telling of Indigenous women’s stories to an international audience.
“When asked to collect and curate an exhibition by the United Nations (UN) just over four years ago, I was very conscious of philosophising a prescribed, culturally-gendered perspective. My first duty was to reach out to several highly respected women to seek permission and guidance on how these stories should be told,” Prof Quilliam said.
“The first exhibition at the Palais de Nations in Geneva was seen by just over a million people and created so much interest we asked to develop a second series of work for the UN in New York followed by Germany. To finally share these stories in Australia is testament to the resilience, strength and vision of our women.”
The exhibition reflects this year’s National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) Week theme, ‘Because of her we can’.